Come up with 20 tracks in 10 hours at Funkie Monkies' Songwriting Camp

SINGAPORE - Always wanted to write a song but never found the time?

Music company Funkie Monkies (FM) wants to obliterate that excuse with a compact 10-hour songwriting camp held on June 18 at Teo Heng KTV in The Star Vista.

Producer and founder of Funkie Monkies Eric Ng calls it a "nation-wide search for the next generation of hit-makers".

The camp is also a way of celebrating the milestone 10th anniversary of FM Pop Music School. Top lyricist Xiaohan is a co-founder of Funkie Monkies, while veteran producer-composer Jim Lim is director of the music school. They have written and produced hits for top Mandopop stars such as A-mei, Sandy Lam, Stefanie Sun, Tanya Chua and Eason Chan.

The 80 selected participants, who will be grouped into teams of three or four, will also be mentored by renowned industry folks such as Ian Chen, producer and leader of the Taiwanese pop group F.I.R, Taiwanese lyricist Huang Ting and Malaysian lyricist Kuan Chi Yuan.

After the 10-hour session, the campers will get to perform their works on June 19 before an audience which includes their mentors and invited media.

Four awards - Best Song, Outstanding Lyricist, Outstanding Composer and Outstanding Music Arranger - will be given out. Those deemed to have potential will be signed on as exclusive songwriters under Funkie Monkies Publishing and continue to be trained by Ng, Xiaohan and Lim.

Those interested can register as lyricist, composer or music arranger at http://goo.gl/forms/7k7Tc0q5Cz and submit their demos for the selection process to songcamp@fmmusic.com.sg by June 1. Registration is free and the event is open to all Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents.

Visit fmmusic.com.sg/songcamp for more details.

bchan@sph.com.sg